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Isaiah 32:3

    Isaiah 32:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall listen.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the eyes of those who see will not be shut, and those who have hearing will give ear to the word.

    Webster's Revision

    And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

    World English Bible

    The eyes of those who see will not be dim, and the ears of those who hear will listen.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

    Clarke's Commentary on Isaiah 32:3

    And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim "And him the eyes of those that see shall regard" - For ולא velo, and not, Le Clerc reads ולו velo, and to him, of which mistake the Masoretes acknowledge there are fifteen instances; and many more are reckoned by others. The removal of the negative restores to the verb its true and usual sense.

    Barnes' Notes on Isaiah 32:3

    And the eyes of them that see ... - The sense of this verse is, that there shall be, under the reign of this wise and pious prince, on the part of the prophets and teachers, a clear view of divine truth, and on the part of the people who hear, a disposition to hearken and to attend to it. The phrase 'of them that see,' refers probably to the prophets, as those who were called seers (see the notes at Isaiah 29:10; Isaiah 30:10; compare 1 Samuel 9:9), or those who had visions (see the note at Isaiah 1:1) of the things that God would communicate to people. The word rendered 'be dim' (תשׁעינה tishe‛eynâh), is derived from שׁעה shâ‛âh, which usually signifies "to see, to look," but it also has a meaning similar to שׁעע shâ‛a‛, "to spread over, to close, to make blind." Of this fact Lowth seems not to have been aware when he proposed, without the authority of any MS., to change the text. The sense is, that those who were prophets and religious teachers should no more see obscurely, but should have clear and just views of divine truth.

    And the ears of them that hear - Of the people who were instructed by their religious teachers.

    Shall hearken - It shall be a characteristic of those times that they shall be disposed to attend to the truth of God.

    Wesley's Notes on Isaiah 32:3

    32:3 The eyes - The people, they shall not shut their eyes and ears against the good counsels and examples of their religious king and rulers, as they have done formerly: both princes and people shall be reformed.